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Ecumenism conference to honour Irenée Beaubien

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By Harvey Shepherd


Irenée Beaubien, distinguished Jesuit ecumenist and founder of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. Photo: CCCB

The Montreal-based Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is organizing a conference October 24 to 25 in the Anglicans’ Fulford Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of its creation and other historic moments in the early 1960s in the inter-church, and to some extent, interfaith movement called ecumenism. Adriana Bara, now beginning her second year as director of the centre, acknowledges that the celebration is taking place at a time when some people are asking whether the whole notion of ecumenism is outmoded.

Obviously she doesn’t think so, which is among the reasons the centre is organizing the conference and making it the occasion to launch an Irénée Beaubien Ecumenical Institute, named for the distinguished Jesuit ecumenist and founder of the centre, now age 98.

She hopes both the institute and the bilingual conference—at 1444 Union Ave., behind Christ Church Cathedral—will also promote a couple of her goals for the centre: to bring it closer to the scholarly community and make it more accessible to students and the public. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for students and the public to encounter some leading scholars and bishops,” she said.

The Anglican bishop of Montreal, Barry Clarke, is one of four bishops on the program, along with Roman Catholic Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal, the ecumenically-minded Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Catholic archdiocese and Bishop Ioan Casian, based in the Lachute area as vicar bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Americas. Bishop Clarke’s presentation is titled “An Ecumenical Dance with Anglicans.”

Other speakers will represent a wide range of views, but several of them also reflect Bara’s Christian Orthodox roots and her association with the Concordia University department of theological studies, a co-sponsor of the conference along with the centre and the Roman Catholic and Anglican dioceses. Bara still teaches part-time at Concordia.

The 14 speakers at the conference will also include Rev. Thomas Ryan, a leading ecumenist and a former director of the centre. Now based in Washington, D.C., as head of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, he headed the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism for 14 years and was founding director of the Montreal spiritual centre Unitas for another five before returning to the United States in 2000. His topic, “Spiritual and Receptive Ecumenism,” will reflect a current emphasis in some ecumenical churches on what one’s faith can learn from that of others rather than the reverse.

Professor Gilles Routhier of Université Laval will ask whether ecumenism is outdated. While none of the speakers is from a non-Christian religion or an evangelical background, Rev. Gilles Barrette of the Missionaries of Africa (or White Fathers) will discuss “Witness to Christ in Meeting Muslims” and Paul Allen of Concordia will discuss Catholic-evangelical “complementarity on creation,” albeit from a Catholic perspective.

Professor Christine Jamieson of Concordia will draw on personal aboriginal roots in a talk on aboriginal spirituality as an ecumenical encounter. Two Concordia faculty, Matthew Anderson and Sara Terreault, will discuss the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela as a contemporary ecumenical practice. Two others, Dragos Giulea and Lucian Tourescu, will touch on issues in Christian Orthodoxy and Eastern Europe, as will Paul Ladouceur of the Université de Sherbrooke and Trinity College, Toronto.

For more information, call 514-937-9176 ext. 33. Or send an email to or visit and click on Irénée Beaubien s.j. Ecumenical Institute Activities, then click on the icon—in both senses of that word.

Harvey Shepherd is editor of The Montreal Anglican, the newspaper of the Anglican diocese of Montreal.   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Journal News, September 11, 2014

Anglican voices in defence of the planet

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By Diana Swift


A group from Grenada gathers to pray in solidarity with those “most at risk from climate change.” Photo: Courtesy of Our Voices

Anglicans are being urged to join the global conversation on climate change. The online campaign Our Voices: Bringing faith to the climate  “is a profound invitation to people of all faiths around the world to raise their voices and add their perspectives in political discussions about climate change,” says the Rev. Canon Ken Gray, secretary and communications manager of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).

“The Our Voices project is not an ACEN initiative, but we are seminally involved, and we are encouraging Anglicans globally to sign on,” adds Gray, rector of the Church of the Advent in Colwood, B.C., and the ecclesiastical province of Canada’s representative in the ACEN.

The campaign’s website urges people of religious faith and moral conviction “to sign and pray in their own tradition for the Paris 2015 UN Climate Summit to succeed where all past talks have failed.” Among the campaign’s global ambassadors is South Africa’s Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, chairman of the ACEN and convenor of the Eco-bishops’ Dialogue, in which some 20 Anglican bishops will meet in Cape Town in February 2015.

According to the Our Voices site, 97 per cent of the world’s climate scientists agree that human activity is causing global warming and threatening life on the planet. It is not just an environmental problem but also “a humanitarian and development emergency…already affecting vulnerable communities.” While previous climate summits have failed to achieve significant agreement, “the UN believes there is hope of global agreement in Paris 2015 if the moral call for action is so loud that politicians can’t ignore it,” the site says. The UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) will meet in Paris in November-December of 2015.

A challenge to the world’s faith communities to add a much-needed moral dimension to ecological discussions came from the FCCC’s executive director, Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica, who spoke to the St. Paul’s Institute at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London this past May.

For the year leading up to the 2015 summit, many awareness-raising and action-triggering events have been planned.

On Sept. 21, in New York City, people will assemble in the massive, “history-making” People’s Climate March. Representing more than 1,000 business, labour, faith, environmental and educational groups, the march is inviting people from all over to attend or to organize solidarity marches in their local communities. A live-streamed faith celebration will follow the march on the evening of the 21st at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

The official launch of Our Voices will be timed to the People’s Climate March, and the campaign will run to the end of this year.

The New York march is timed to put ethical pressure on political leaders as the UN’s secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, convenes a one-day leaders’ climate summit  in New York on Sept. 23. “This conference, some say, has the potential to be major turning point in global climate change policy,” says Gray.

The Sept. 23 meeting is a prelude to the 2015 summit. “That particular meetings summit should crystallize the future of conversations around climate change,” says Gray, adding that it is expected to be as important as the FCCC’s 1992 conference in Rio de Janeiro. He notes that several existing international agreements are due to expire in November 2015.

“The Our Voices campaign is designed to take us from where we are now up to the 2015 conference,” says Gray. “To raise our moral voices and demand that policy makers come up with something that is fair, binding and effective.”


Anglican Journal News, September 9, 2014

Anglican Communion Secretary General elected bishop in Ireland

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Kenneth Kearon has worked at the Anglican Communion Office since early 2005


By ACNS staff

The Revd Canon Dr Kenneth Kearon, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion has been elected as a bishop in the Church of Ireland.

Canon Kearon, who was appointed to his current role in 2004, will become the next Bishop of the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe. He succeeds the Right Revd Trevor Williams who retired at the end of July this year.

Responding to the news, Canon Kearon told ACNS, “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected to the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe, and I look forward to getting to know the diocese, its people and its clergy well in the near future.

“Ireland has been through a very difficult period in its history, and I look forward to helping the diocese play its part and making its contribution to shaping the future.

“This diocese has made a distinctive contribution to the Church of Ireland in the past, in part through the work of its bishops and most recently through Bishop Trevor Williams, and I hope to be able to continue in their footsteps.”

Canon Kearon has served alongside two Archbishops of Canterbury: Archbishops Rowan Williams and Justin Welby. As the leader of the Anglican Communion Office – the secretariat of the Instruments of Communion – he has supported several Anglican Consultative Council meetings, Primates’ Meetings, and the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council Bishop James Tengatenga said, “I am delighted to hear that Kenneth has been asked to bring his considerable skills and talents to the Church of Ireland as a bishop.

“I am grateful for his decade of dedicated service to the Anglican Communion and wish him and Jennifer every blessing for the next stage of their journey.”

The Bishop-elect has travelled widely in his role, and is a well-known figure across the Anglican Communion.

In a statement issued by the Church of Ireland, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, said, “Canon Kearon has expressed his delight at returning to work in Ireland and his intention to serve the people of Limerick and Killaloe and the communities of which they are a part.

“I have known Canon Kearon for many years and have always appreciated his personal friendship. I wish Kenneth and Jennifer all that is best within the love of God in their time in Limerick and Killaloe.”


Anglican Communion News service (ACNS), September 8, 2014


Taizé: Some echoes of the summer meetings

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Throughout the summer, the international meetings were joyful as usual, simply because of the great diversity represented on the hill. Each week, young volunteers from different continents presented their country. Those who reflected for several days on paths “towards a new solidarity” showed great creativity in the workshop they offered to all on Saturday with the title: “The challenges of solidarity: a call to action”. At the same time, several difficult situations in the world today gave a serious tone to the meetings. The Middle East became closer thanks to the presence of an Israeli rabbi, young adults from Palestine, an Iraqi-Egyptian family living in the village of Taizé, a French-Palestinian family whose grandparents are in Gaza. Amaya, a woman from Spain who works in Rome with the Jesuit Refugee Service, spoke one night to all the participants about the courage of a friend living in Aleppo, Syria. During his weekly meetings, Brother Alois yet emphasized how much the presence of young people from Ukraine and Russia was important this summer. Every Sunday at 6:30pm, those who wished could join the brothers for a time of silent prayer for peace in a world in conflict. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News from Taizé, Thursday 4 September 2014

Justice camp highlights ‘God’s gift of land’

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By Murray Macadam


Evelyn Day, one of three First Nations participants in the nature conservation immersion group, explains the significance of Medicine Lake as a sacred place of healing for First Nations people. Photo: Margaret Marschall



“Take a risk—and follow something new.”

That challenge from the Rev. Travis Enright to 75 Anglicans and other Christians gathered in Edmonton encapsulated what a unique event called justice camp is all about. Unlike a traditional conference where participants listen passively to experts, justice camp honours the wisdom everyone brings to the event, and challenges participants to step outside their comfort zone as they learn about key issues facing their society.

Sponsored by the diocese of Edmonton and running until August 21, this year’s gathering focuses on the theme of “land,” where participants learn about issues involving food security, ecology and conservation, and the oil and gas industry, among others. The camp, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by a Canadian diocese as a way to nurture the next generation of social justice activists in the church, to enable them to learn from older justice advocates and to inspire participants of all ages to practise faith-based action for justice.

The camp, which is being held at King’s College, opened with two days of orientation and creative worship, highlighting God’s gift of land and including aboriginal perspectives on creation.

“Everything has spirit in it, because the Creator has blown on it,” native elder Elsie Paul told participants. “Look at what a creator he is! He’s brought us here from different nations.”

Stephen Martin, professor of theology at King’s, outlined the central role that land plays in people’s faith and lives. God’s desire for people to honour the gift of land has become distorted, he said. “Land is not seen as a gift from God, but as a commodity. The land is good, but we have not always been good to the land.”

Later, participants broke into small groups for three days of hands-on learning about issues such as First Nations concerns, homelessness and urban poverty, interfaith relations and other topics. Reflecting the camp’s direct learning approach, a group working on conservation of nature headed for Jasper National Park. Another group travelled to Fort MacMurray to get a firsthand look at the impact of oil sands development and to meet people on both sides of this controversial issue.

The camp attracted participants from across Canada, including young people new to social justice issues as well as seasoned justice advocates. Several First Nations Anglicans also took part, including Bishop Lydia Mamakwa, bishop of Mishamikoweesh, the new indigenous diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada.

“I’ve got a real passion for social justice issues,” said Chris Phro, from the parish of S. James, Kentville,  diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  “I see our church having a huge role in this area.” He expressed the hope that his experience in the food ethics group could strengthen his local efforts to support the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund’s (PWRDF) campaign for food security. PWRDF is the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Carmen Esau, a member of St. Faith’s Anglican Church, Edmonton was drawn to justice camp because of his interest in the truth and reconciliation process.

With seven Cuban participants and a resident of Nicaragua, this year’s event had a stronger international flavour than previous ones. Cuban participation reflected the Episcopal Church of Cuba Bishop Griselda del Carpio’s vision of encouraging youth leadership in church, said Patrician de la Paz Sarraff, one of the Cuban campers. The Cuban delegation was also here to receive training for a justice camp being planned for Cuba in 2015.

Sarraff said her group was struck by the diversity of cultures they saw in Edmonton. Canada’s respect for diversity reflects the Anglican principle of unity in diversity, she said. Her group also found Alberta’s lush fields of grain impressive, noting that in Cuba, a lot of farmland lies fallow.

The Rev. Chris Brouillard-Coyle, rector at The Anglican Parish of St. Paul’s, Essex and Trinity, in Cottam, diocese of Huron, was part of the group that visited Fort MacMurray. “It” easy to blame big corporations for ecological damage caused by oil/tarsands mining,” she said. “But the story is far more complex, challenging us to recognize that we too make choices that encourage development, we too participate in this cycle of raping the land.”

Amidst the rugged beauty of Jasper National Park, the nature conservation group saw the struggle between preservation of nature and development in Alberta parks. The group visited a skywalk viewpoint run by a private company at the Columbia Icefield, which some Canadians have criticized for being intrusive and disruptive of the natural environment. 
Participants also saw the impact of climate change—the icefield is much smaller than it was 30 years ago, and continues to shrink.

During a visit to Medicine Lake, Evelyn Day, one of three First Nations members of the group, explained the significance of the lake as a sacred place of healing for First Nations people.

The interfaith relations group attended Sunday worship at St. George’s, Edmonton, which used a liturgy with indigenous elements; worshippers learned about native spiritual traditions from the elders. The group also visited a mosque, as well as a synagogue where a rabbi taught them about Judaism’s understanding of land and the environment.

“Putting everything in the context of land…gives me insights into how we can work together for the environment,” said Elin Goulden, an Anglican social justice staff person from Toronto who also serves as co-ordinator for an Ontario interfaith anti-poverty coalition. “I’m also intrigued by the idea of thoughtfully incorporating indigenous traditions into our Christian practice.”

The justice camp wraps up with worship and the sharing of experiences and ideas for follow-up action.


Anglican Journal News, August 19, 2014


Justice Camp: Land begins in Edmonton

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Justice Camp: Land meets in Edmonton from August 15 to 21, 2014, and brings together an intergenerational cohort from across the country for up close encounters with social justice issues.

Participants will enjoy seven immersion experiences on topics ranging from the relationship between faith and the oil/tar sands, urban responses to systemic poverty, and interreligious perspectives on land and human life. These are complemented by time for biblical reflection, worship, and relationship building. All of which will foster leadership for social justice skills in participants.

Justice Camp began as a grassroots movement within the Anglican Church of Canada. Over the course of a decade, the camp has moved throughout the country and focused on themes including food justice, poverty, and advocacy.

The focus on land is drawn from two sources of wisdom. Judeo-Christian scriptures show a strong connection between land, spirituality, and community. Similarly, wisdom about the deep connection between land and life is found in the spiritual traditions of Aboriginal cultures. Justice Camp seeks to listen to these sacred teachings anew and reflect on what they have to say about life in community in balance with the land and one another.

To find out more about Justice Camp, visit You are also welcome to follow Justice Camp on Facebook and by searching for the #justicecamp hashtag on both Facebook and Twitter.


Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, August 15, 2014

First Slavey Anglican priest mourned

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By Leigh Anne Williams


The Rev. Georgina Bassett was “a powerhouse for God.”  Photo: Debra Gill


The community of Hay River, N.W.T., is mourning the loss of the Rev. Georgina Bassett, who was ordained in 2012, becoming the first Anglican priest of Slavey descent in the Anglican Church of Canada. She died on July 8 of breast cancer at the age of 58.

Bassett was a member of the K’atlodeeche First Nation. The Slavey are Dene people of the MacKenzie River basin.

The Rev. Vivian Smith, priest at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Hay River, knew Bassett for 12 years and witnessed the growth of her commitment to the church.

Smith first came to Hay River as a lay minister. At that time, she said, Bassett had already rekindled her childhood connection to the church through an Alpha course. “That was what started her out wondering what life is about, what she wanted to do and how she could do it,” Smith said. When Bassett learned that the church wanted more lay ministers, she asked Smith about it but was also asking, “What would people say about an Indian being a lay minister?” Smith says she assured Bassett that “God takes anyone who is willing to carry the gospel.” From that day on, she said, Bassett wanted to pursue lay ministry.

Later, Bassett decided she wanted to be a deacon; she was ordained one in 2009. “She was a powerhouse for God,” said Smith. She told her personal story to everyone… how she met Christ and how he became part of her life.”

Bassett was ordained as a priest in 2012. She also devoted herself to running the Anglican-affiliated Hay River Thrift Shop, which sells gently used clothing and other household items. “She spent hours and hours and hours at that thrift shop, even when she was sick, even when she was taking her treatment,” said Smith.

Smith said she would like to see it renamed Georgina’s Place, in honour of her friend, who was named Hay River’s Citizen of the Year in 2011 for the many ways she served the community. Smith promised Bassett that she would reorganize the thrift shop once Bassett’s illness made it impossible for her to continue her work there.

“I went to the businesses in town and they are giving us the paint,” said Smith. “Volunteers are going in to paint it, we’re putting in all new carpet and we’re going to have a grand opening on Georgina’s birthday, Sept. 28. She said she’ll be looking down [on us] that day.”

Smith said Bassett also dreamed of reopening the Anglican church on the local reserve, which had fallen out of use and then was wrecked by ice several years ago.

Bassett was co-owner of Bassett Petroleum with her husband, Steve Bassett, who survives her, along with their four sons and daughters-in-laws and seven grandchildren.


Anglican Journal News, August 8, 2014

The making of Mishamikoweesh

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By Leigh Anne Williams


Children and youth gathered last June at Kingfisher Lake in northern Ontario to celebrate the creation of the Anglican Church of Canada’s first indigenous diocese.  Photo: Anglican Video



Anglican Video is producing a documentary on the creation of the Spiritual Indigenous Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, the first indigenous diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Lisa Barry, Anglican Video senior producer, says the documentary—which will be available in 2015—explains the genesis and evolution of the new diocese, beginning with the dream of pioneering aboriginal priest the Rev. William Winter. “This diocese was William Winter’s dream,” says Barry. “It began to be articulated at the first Sacred Circle in 1989 and it has come to fruition in the installation of Bishop Lydia [Mamakwa].”  Mamakwa’s installation and the celebration of the new diocese took place in the first week of June at Kingfisher Lake in northern Ontario.

Footage of the celebration and interviews with Mamakwa and other people in the community have already been posted on the church’s website, but the documentary is intended to provide the historical context documented by Anglican Video.

“It’s been such a privilege…to film every Sacred Circle,” says Barry, explaining that the first Sacred Circle in 1989 was the first time Anglican aboriginal clergy from across the country gathered. Barry added that it has also been a privilege to witness the changes in what was voiced in those gatherings. “What you saw at the first Sacred Circle [was] a glimmer of hope and a lot of pain…And in 1994, it was just like a river or a sea of pain, with the people sharing about residential schools and the apology,” she said. “And then it became about rebuilding. And Lydia’s installation was a… glorious moment, to see the tremendous pride and hope and just grace that was visited upon that event.” Anglican Video filmed the new diocese’s first Sacred Circle, which will be its governing body, functioning like a synod, as well as the week’s celebrations, which included evening gospel music jamborees.

Barry says she hopes the documentary will be useful when Mamakwa tells the story of Mishamikoweesh in communities and also for helping all Anglicans understand the purpose and meaning of this new indigenous diocese, especially the fact that it is not a movement to separate from the church but to create an indigenous diocese within the church. “That was what was stressed over and over again,” said Barry, explaining that the message was, “We are walking together…We are not leaving you. We are walking with you as equal partners.”

Barry said the documentary marks both an end and a beginning. “It is the fruition of this dream, but now the work is ahead.”

But Barry said the stories she has heard from people in the community indicate that Mamakwa is well equipped to lead them through new challenges. She recounted the story of one young woman who said that Mamakwa had cared for her at a time when she was despondent about the suicides of friends, inviting her to be involved and help in the church with other youth. She told Barry that many people have such stories of Mamakwa personally inviting them, watching over them, encouraging them and trying to help them to heal. “I heard so many stories like that. I think what a tremendous testament to Lydia as a leader—in her quiet way, saving her community and saving young people,” said Barry.

The video, when finished, will be available online on the church’s website and from Anglican Video.


Anglican Journal News, August 6, 2014



Anglican Foundation head to receive honorary doctorate

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By Diana Swift


The Rev. Canon Judy Rois, executive director of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. Photo: Saskia Rowley



An honorary Doctor of Divinity degree will be conferred on The Rev. Canon Judy Rois, executive director of the Anglican Foundation of Canada, at the November convocation of Queen’s College. Queen’s is the Anglican theological college on the campus of Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld.


“I am honoured to be chosen for this distinction by such a venerable institution with such deep roots in Canadian Anglicanism,” said Rois, who completed a doctorate in homiletics at the University of Chicago in 2006.

Since its founding in 1841, the college has prepared people for ordained and lay leadership in the tradition of the Anglican Communion and other Christian traditions.

In choosing Rois, the college and the three sponsoring Anglican dioceses in Newfoundland and Labrador noted that they have “benefited greatly from the commitment and partnership that the Anglican Foundation has continually provided to our theological colleges and dioceses. “

They also acknowledged Rois’s successful efforts at rebranding the foundation and implementing programs to “empower the powerless,” such as the Hope Bear and Kids Helping Kids campaigns. “In your distinguished ministry you have constantly been a trailblazer for new and innovative programs, which have furthered the goals, aims and  directions of the Anglican Church of Canada,” wrote the Rev. Dr. Alex Faseruk, Queen’s provost.

The Anglican Foundation is a funding agency that provides resources for innovative ministries, supporting Anglican presence and infrastructure improvements.

“I am humbled at being selected by Queen’s for this honour, and I hope that the foundation’s partnership with the Anglican Church in Canada’s eastern-most dioceses will be a long and fruitful one,” said Rois, who joined the foundation as executive director in January 2011.


Anglican Journal News, August 14, 2014

Vianney (Sam) Carriere, 1947–2014

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By Diana Swift


 Vianney (Sam) Carriere was the consummate writer, editor and photographer. Photo: General Synod Archives



Sam Carriere, the Anglican Church of Canada’s director of communications and information resources, and its director of resources for mission, died peacefully at his home in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. He was 67.

A graduate of Toronto’s York University, Carriere first joined the Anglican Journal in 1990 as news editor, bringing to the paper the experience of many years in national newspaper journalism. Ten years later he became Journal editor and two years later, General Synod’s director of communications and information resources. In 2010 Carriere was also appointed interim director of philanthropy and in 2013 became director of resources for mission, while retaining the position of director of communications and information resources.  

Carriere was also editor of MinistryMATTERS, a quarterly magazine for Canadian Anglican leaders.

He was known for his leadership skills and his willingness to take on any task. “For the General Synod meeting in Halifax in 2010, Sam stepped into the breach and served as acting general secretary. It was one of the best-run synods we ever had,” said Archdeacon Paul Feheley, principal secretary to the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz.

At first glance, Carriere’s outward persona could be deceptively brusque. “Sam had that gruff exterior, but when you got him to sit down and talk, you got way beyond the exterior to an incredibly kind and giving person who always wanted the very best out of you,” said Feheley. “Sam’s gift to me was pulling out my very best.”

After he fell ill late last year, General Synod staff produced the book Dear Sam in tribute and thanks to his long and multifaceted service to the church and illustrated it with his breathtaking photographs.  

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, wrote that one of his favourite images of Carriere was at Geneva Park, where the management team of General Synod held retreats in the last several years. “The sun has  just come up and the grass is still heavy with dew. I see you roaming the  property. You walk some and you stop. Something catches your eye and up  comes the camera. There are a few seconds of absolute stillness and then with one quick click  you capture forever the beauty you beheld. You have an eye not only for marvels of nature, but also for those graces by which God enriches  our lives,” said Hiltz. 

“…You’re Barnabas, an icon of encouragement. When you see a gift in someone, you say so, and the encouragement begins. You create opportunities to exercise and develop the gift, and the encouragement continues, ” wrote Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary and acting director of communications. 

Before joining the national church, Carriere served for 22 years as a writer and editor at the
Globe and Mail and its “Report on Business,” teaching journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnic University as well.

Carriere was also known for his teaching skills. “Sam was the consummate professional journalist and he taught me much of what I know about writing and editing,” said former Journal editor Leanne Larmondin, who worked with Carriere for 15 years. “He also had a huge capacity for generosity, both in his time and his creativity. Even when we disagreed, and we often did, he respected my choices and decisions with a grace that often left me speechless.”

Echoing Larmondin John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto who wrote a daily column on municipal politics under Carriere’s editorship at the Globe in the1980s, said: “Sam was an excellent editor, always trying to improve, not change, what I was trying to say. He gave me great confidence in my transition from being a civic politician to a civic journalist.” 

Carriere was “a poet, in his words and in his pictures,” said Solange De Santis, former staff writer for the Journal and former editor of Ecumenical News International.

Like many good teachers, Carriere was unassumingly unaware of the impact he had on other’s development. “When I exchanged emails with him four or five months ago, he seemed surprised to realize how important his approach was for a writer, but that was Sam, very modest and restrained,” said Sewell.

A man of broad-ranging interests and abilities, Carriere was also a skilled and passionate photographer, whose work can be viewed here.

Carriere is survived by his wife, Linda Doohoo, a retired nurse manager and director of care for Toronto Homes for the aged.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of the Apostles at the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada in early September. Details are still being finalized.

To read tributes to Carriere from the many who knew Carriere,  click here.


Some of the comments in Dear Sam:

“I have learned so much from Sam, for which I will be eternally grateful. I love his unique and pointed insights, his joyous sense of humour, his guidance and advice, the twinkle in his eyes as he tried to get a reaction out of me— but most of all, I am grateful that he reminded me to focus on what is truly important and not forget to see the beauty that exists in my everyday life. – Bev Murphy, senior manager, Communications and Information Resources

“When  I think about Sam, I think of a gentle man, a bit enigmatic, a bit shy, a man with an enormous range of interests and a keen sense  of history. Most of all, I think of someone focused on the pursuit of  excellence in a craft. In much of his life, as this book gives modest evidence, the craft has been  photojournalism—a photojournalism less concerned with the momentary  event and more with the deep meaning of the lives involved in the event.  And for a much longer period, the craft has been writing. I know something  about this craft as a practitioner, mostly as someone who looks at others  and wishes I could do as well. Sam is one of those others.” Doug Tindall, former director of communications, Anglican Church of Canada 

“Sam’s vision of both the media and the world have had a broad and deep influence on the way the Anglican Church of Canada sees the world and the way the world sees the Anglican Church of Canada.” — Bishop Mark MacDonald, national indigenous bishop

“As a military man, I have always appreciated Sam’s penchant for rising early, and his straightforward, no-nonsense approach…His sincerity, devotion and skill have made him a deeply valued member of our many teams…” — Brig-Gen. John Fletcher, chaplain general to the Canadian Armed Forces

Without your generous support and encouragement (and inspiration!)  I may never have discovered and explored my love for photography.  I see it as one of those things that keep me sane, balanced.  Thank you for sharing this gift of yours with me.Brian Bukowski, web manager, General Synod Communications

“You were terrific at seeing potential in your team, identifying skills and providing opportunities for growth.” — Shannon Cottrell, coordinator of resource development

“He moved Anglican communications away from the inward-looking “We all get along because we know each other” stance to an engagement with the world at a steady pace.” — Terry Reilly, General synod archivist, 1979-2003


Anglican Journal News, August 11, 2014